Michael Manley


Michael Manley

Michael Manley spent his early career as a professional hornist, completing several tours with the New York City Opera National Company as well as performing with the national tours of "Miss Saigon" and "Les Miserables." His service as a union steward sparked an interest in labor and representation, which led him to working as a contract administrator in the Symphonic Services Division of the American Federation of Musicians. From there he went on to work as the Executive Assistant to the President, and later headed the AFM's Touring and Theatre Division, where he enjoyed negotiating and administering agreements for classical, popular, Broadway and even Circus musicians. He is currently a 2006/07 Fellow in the American Symphony Orchestra League's Orchestra Management Fellowship Program.

Michael is an avid writer who has written about labor and musicians for the AFM's International Musician. His plays Float and States of Emergency have had enthusiastic readings at the Last Frontier theatre conference in Valdez, Alaska. He looks forward to writing Virtual Orchestra: The Musical or having someone else steal the idea.

Articles by Michael Manley:

First Impressions of the South Dakota Symphony
March 5, 2019